TITTLE: The Color of my Paint
AUTHOR: Mario L. Vázquez
NUMBER OF PAGES: 118
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2009
DATE READ: May 1, 2011 (finished)
According to the author’s website ”It all started in the year 1976 when Luis and Maria had their last baby boy. Mario was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico and lived during his childhood years in Cidra. This town is located in the center of the island. One hour south of the capital San Juan. Both of his parents grew up in Cidra and notably on the same street (Read more here).
My Story with the Book:
For this book I had to do some research. I was trying to see what information I could get on the internet about young Puerto Rican writers. I was glad I found a couple of them, but not as many as I was hoping for. From the options I found, this book sounded like it was the perfect one to start the second quarter of this reading challenge. I was able to look into the author’s website and learn more about him and the book.
My Kind of Summary:
The Color of my Paint is a collection of short stories that are easy to read and written in a familiar tone. It feels more like conversations between friends than a non-fiction book. The author talks about some of his life experiences, friends, teachers and family.
There are a total of ten stories and he summaries his learning experiences as: (1) Learning from your mistakes; (2) Discovering the artist within; (3) Persistence and responsibility; (4) The value of family; (5) Honesty; (6) Family rituals; (7) Friendships; (8) Never give up; (9) The true meaning of competition; and, (10) The pursuit of my dreams.
If you want to learn more about growing up in Puerto Rico during the eighties, this is a must read. Vázquez experiences are and the descriptions bring you back in time. Since I am from the same generation as the author (a little younger…lol) I enjoyed the trip back into memory lane.
The majority of the stories are from his time in school and the influences in his life. Only the last story shows how his decisions during his senior year shaped his future. At the same time, that could be the story of any adolescent trying to figure out what to do after graduation and how to reach his or her dreams.
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